Patrolman Henry Samuel Scherloh

Patrolman Henry Samuel Scherloh

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, October 30, 1884

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Henry Samuel Scherloh

Patrolman Henry Scherloh, Patrolman Martin Gorman, and Special Deputy Albert Russell, of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, sustained fatal gunshot wounds during the Election Riot of 1884.

Over 1,300 men had been deputized by a United States Marshal in an effort to prevent voting fraud during a contentious election. Many of the deputized men were criminals who began feuding with the Cincinnati police officers and Hamilton County deputies who were also assigned to protect the polling stations.

As election day progressed the tension between the two groups escalated and resulted in over 100 shots fired, 24 casualties (incluing Deputy Russell), five dying (including Patrolman Gorman), two seriously wounded (including Patrolman Scherloh), and 15 wounded.

Patrolman Gorman died on October 18th from an infection in the bullet wound. Patrolman Scherloh's wound was thought to be non-fatal, but it was discovered that the bullet moved upward into his body and into the liver; he died 12 days after the riot on October 30th.

Patrolman Scherloh had served with the agency for just one year is was survived by his siblings. He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery on East Ross Street in St. Bernard.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 14, 1884
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Not available

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Henry Samuel Scherloh of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 30, 2020

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